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What is Your MAJOR Malfunction?

Back in the olden days, when I began shooting, I was pretty good on cleaning my firearms immediately upon returning from the range, or the desert.
And my shooting buddies and I usually would retire to my place, clean the guns, put the guns away, THEN break out the beer…
It’s always better to carry a clean, properly-lubed/maintained firearm, just in case it’s needed.
And being somewhat obsessive/compulsive, I’m prone to do it, anyway.
But, fatigue and pain crept in after yesterday’s shoot (as well as a few beers with lunch) and I put off cleaning my carry 1911 until today.
Fortunately, I’d no plans to go anywhere.
I didn’t malfunction yesterday (except the usual medical stuff), but my carry gun had a malf.  For a short string, my slide refused to lock back!  I thought it might be my reloads, new mags, or perhaps the plunger spring had left for greener pastures (?)
A quick examination determined my Armand Swenson Ambidextrous Safety had worked itself loose enough to move slightly to port, negating the proper functioning of the spring plunger, and the slide lock.  It snapped back into place, and we were in action, again.
When I clean her today, I’ll make certain to lightly peen the safety to make certain.  Gee, first malf EVER in probably 20,000 rounds over 29 years!  I can live with that.
And the new Metalform mags performed without a hiccup.  I’m very pleased.

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


6 thoughts on “What is Your MAJOR Malfunction?

  1. It sounds like a very, very reliable pistol. GOOD.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | January 30, 2012, 1:50 pm
  2. @Rev. Paul – Thanks! Best deal I ever made!

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | January 30, 2012, 1:58 pm
  3. How come you have a Glock guy at the top of a 1911 oriented post? 🙂

    Posted by Tango Juliet | January 30, 2012, 3:31 pm
  4. a) That's HIS major malfunction!2) It's my blog…nyah, nyah, nyah…

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | January 30, 2012, 3:38 pm
  5. LOL, that many rounds without a malf if pretty impressive, but then again, if you keep your tools maintained, they 'tend' to work! 🙂

    Posted by Old NFO | January 30, 2012, 6:53 pm
  6. @Old NFO – Well, I've had issued with cheap mags, cheap reloads and 'technique' issues. But the machine remains intact!

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | January 30, 2012, 9:00 pm

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